“What’s the point of learning math if we can’t apply it?” asked Mrs. Corrin Gleave, the geometry teacher at SJHS. Geometry students are learning to apply the math they have learned to various shapes, angles, and lines. One of these shapes is the quadrilateral, or four-sided shape. Students recently made special art projects using all seven of the special quadrilaterals which include the kite, trapezoid, isosceles trapezoid, parallelogram, rhombus, rectangle, and square. Students can make anything from a rocket to a house, and many of them have enjoyed this activity very much.
Many students feel that using the seven special quadrilaterals to make art is a good way to help you remember and understand them. Elizabeth Elliot, a ninth grader in geometry who made a paper house for her project, said, “It’s really visual. It’s a different and fun way of learning.” Mrs. Gleave said, “We deal with so many shapes in geometry that sometimes it gets tricky keeping track of them all. By using the seven special quadrilaterals to generate an art project, each student has the chance to analyze these shapes.” Students in geometry agree with Mrs. Gleave that this project has not only been fun, but has helped them learn about the seven shapes they were using as well.